Chelsea opinion: Conte, Simeone or Allegri – does it matter who gets the job?

first_imgI’m not in support of such ruthlessness, far from it. Chelsea, regardless of their success under Abramovich, have been embarrassing, arrogantly turning their back on some of the finest names on offer in management with no care for the image it has consequently depicted of the Premier League.  The return of the adored Mourinho, two summers ago, was intended to signify a change in such impatience at the club – that didn’t go quite to plan, did it? The Portuguese coach penned a four-year contract extension three months after lifting the English title, taking his expiration date to 2019. Another sign that Abramovich was finally determined on longevity. Mourinho himself confidently stated after agreeing the new deal, “I said when I returned here two years ago that I have a special feeling for this club and nothing changed. It is the club closest to my heart and I am very happy to know I will be staying here for a long time.”Four months later he was sacked. The speculation on who could take over at Chelsea in the summer has intensified.Guus Hiddink, since agreeing an interim position with the club two days after Jose Mourinho was sacked, has performed admirably, lifting the mood of a disconsolate Stamford Bridge faithful, with only one defeat, to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, in his 14 games in charge. All the while such glamorous names as Diego Simeone, Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte have been linked with taking over on a permanent basis in the summer.But as the season approaches its final straight and the rumour mill picks up speed, I’ve been asking myself: who cares which manager gets the long-term job at Chelsea? Or rather, how important is the next man to take his seat in the Stamford Bridge dugout with a so-called permanent contract?Many rightly bemoan the contemporary habit of dismissing managers long before their contract expires, believing it’s detrimental not just to a club’s reputation, but future. However, Chelsea – or rather Roman Abramovich – have banished this notion. Chelsea’s next permanent coach will no doubt be handed a likewise lucrative lengthy deal, but it’s a hollow invitation. Whatever contract their next manager receives will be equally as meaningless.So whether it’s Simeone, Allegri, Conte, Hiddink, maybe even Manuel Pellegrini that next takes to the stage at Stamford Bridge, it simply doesn’t matter.We can spend our time discussing how the Blues might line up under the above managers, what formation they could utilise, the players that may top their transfer wish list.Ultimately, though, only one man influences proceedings at Chelsea Football Club – and it’s not the figure standing in the dugout, as John Terry has harshly been reminded. 4 4 After the Russian assumed ownership in 2003, the Blues have gone on to lift 15 trophies – under 10 different managers.Four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Community Shields, one Champions League and one Europa League have entered their now glittering trophy cabinet.Hiddink could add a fifth FA Cup, perhaps even a Champions League triumph. After all they’ve done it before under an interim boss, much to the amazement of their rivals. So, chopping and changing head coaches isn’t quite as destructive to a club’s success, it seems. 4 Roman Abramovich is currently searching for Chelsea’s next permanent manager 4last_img read more